Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Making Moodle Quizzes in Microsoft Word

The quiz creator in Moodle is not particularly easy to use. If you're more comfortable in Microsoft Word, Vyatcheslav Yatskovsky has created a Word template for Moodle quiz creation.

1. Download the file and extract the contents.

2. Open the file in Microsoft Word. You should be able to just double-click it.

3. You'll now have a blank document, but with an "Add-Ins" tab for question types.

4. There's also a security warning that "Macros have been disabled." Re-enable them by clicking on Options... and choosing Enable this content.

5. You can now add questions using the buttons in the Add-Ins tab.

6. Press the Enter key at the end of the line where you type your question to record the possible answers. The first answer is the correct one, you'll have the chance to change the order when you import into Moodle.

7. Once you've created your questions, click the CleanUp button to check for errors. Correct any errors that it tells you about. If there are no errors, it will tell you "Now everything is OK".

8. Click the Export button to make an XML file that is ready to be uploaded to Moodle. Make sure you select "Word XML Document (*.xml)" from the Save as type drop-down list.

The Developer also recommends that "you to save your quizzes into the same folder where .dot is located because the macro needs the /xml-question folder to proceed with the export. You can still edit the quiz without the distribution files at all but it is the export operation that relies on them."

9. You now have an XML file with your questions that you can import into Moodle. You can either import questions into the Question bank for a course (under course settings on the left) or directly into a quiz (under quiz settings when you are editing a quiz).

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Enable an AirPlay Password

If you're finding that students, or other staff, are interrupting your presentations when you're using AirPlay from your iPad, you might want to temporarily set a password. It's easy to set up, and it's easy to disable the password when you've finished.

1. Using the Apple TV remote, open the Settings app. It's at the top right in the current interface.

2. Go to the AirPlay menu.

3. Choose Set Password.

4. Input your chosen password, then select Submit on the right.

Now when someone tries to AirPlay from their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, they will be asked for that password.

When you no longer need it to be password protected, go back to the AirPlay menu and choose Clear Password.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Showing Your iPad/iPhone Screen on the Big Screen

With schools getting Apple TVs in libraries and other places, staff and students can use AirPlay Mirroring to show things from their iPad 2 (or newer) or iPhone 4S (or newer) on the big screen.

AirPlay menu with Mirroring option ON
  1. Make sure your device is connected to the same network as the Apple TV (i.e. XXXschoolguest).
  2. Tap the home button twice. This will display your recently used apps.
  3. Swipe the apps list from left to right once (iPad) or twice (iPhone) until you see the AirPlay icon (a rectangle with a triangle in the middle)AirPlay icon.
  4. Tap the AirPlay icon and select the Apple TV that you would like to display your screen on. Enter the password if required.
  5. Tap the switch to turn on Mirroring. Your iPad/iPhone screen is now displayed on the big screen.
Follow these steps again to turn off Mirroring. Any other iPad/iPhone on the network will be able to show their screen instead of yours, so if you are using this for a class presentation you may want to enable a password in the settings menu on the Apple TV.

You can also AirPlay from certain apps on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just look for the AirPlay icon AirPlay icon in the app, if you're connected to the same network as an Apple TV.

You can also watch the following YouTube videos to see the AirPlay process.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Physically Securing an Apple TV

There are a few different options that we've thought of for helping prevent the theft of an Apple TV from a student-accessible area. There are pros and cons to each, and there are other options that you can come up with as well.

Label it with a paint pen, and perhaps a magnetic strip.

Velcro it up out of reach.

Put it on top of the projector.

Screw it down using galvanized strapping (from the plumbing department, I could probably give you some).

Put it in a cupboard or display case that has a transparent or translucent door.

Cut a custom CNC wood case that can be bolted down.

Unfortunately the Apple TV is small and portable enough that students may be tempted to walk away with it. Hopefully something like one of these ideas can help prevent that.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Installing Google Chrome Frame in Internet Explorer 8

If you're finding that Google Docs and other similar websites are not working in Internet Explorer 8, you can install Google Chrome Frame from . In many cases it requires that you be logged in as an Administrator.

On the site click "Activate Google Chrome Frame".

Accept their terms.

If it warns you that it requires an Administrator account, log out and log back in with your Admin account or ask someone with Admin privileges to install it for you.

It should then give you a message saying that it is now complete.

You can test that it is working by trying to edit a Google Docs presentation. If you can, then the installation was successful.

To disable Google Chrome Frame, follow these steps:
  1. In Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Manage Add-ons in the menu bar.
  2. In the "Toolbars and Extensions" section, select ChromeFrame BHO.
  3. Click Disable.
To uninstall Google Chrome Frame from your computer, follow these steps (while logged in as an Administrator):
  1. Select Start > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select Google Chrome Frame.
  4. Click Remove.

Monday, March 12, 2012

EIPS Moodle

Our new EIPS Moodle is live at Teachers and students can set up their own accounts (or we can set them up) and we can help teachers build courses and activities.

If you're interested in using Moodle, contact your AISI Technology consultant or email

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Importing Email Addresses into FirstClass from Excel

I have been asked a several occasions if there was a way to import parent emails into FirstClass so that parent mail lists can be created in the schools. Upon some checking, I have found a way for this to be done. Once you have imported these address to FirstClass, you can then create your mailing lists as you see fit. I hope this helps you out a little. This applies to any Excel list, not just ones created from PowerSchool.


1. Create an Excel document with headers

2. Save this document as a .CSV file

3. Open First Class → Click on Contacts → Click on File → Click on Import → Click on Import Contacts

4. Choose the .CSV file you saved in Step 2 and click Open
*Note:  You will have to use the File of Type drop down menu in order to see your saved file.

5. You will then see the field screen. Your First and Last Name fields will be populated but you will need to populate the email field.  It’s your choice as to what which field you choose for the email address to populate as long as it’s an email field ie: Business Work Email

6. Click OK and the file will upload.  When File Transfer is complete…click Close

7. Congratulations, you are now ready to create your distribution lists.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

3D Printing Part 3 - Printing

The previous two posts in this series discussed setting up the software and some design basics. In this post we're going to look at the actual printing process. You only need to read on if you're printing on your own 3D  printer, if you're just sending us files you don't need to worry about this process.

Start up ReplicatorG, it should automatically connect to the Thingomatic w/ ABP and Stepstruder MK7.

Under the File menu choose Open and find the STL file that you want to print (that you designed or downloaded). You should now see a preview of the object that will be printed. You may need move the object on to the platform and/or center it.

Push the Generate GCode button, if you've moved or scaled the object it will ask if you want to save the model. You do.

Set the Object infill (%) to a value between 0 (hollow) and 100 (completely filled). We've had good results with 15 to 30 %. The layer height should be .35, 1 shell is probably good, and a feedrate between 30 and 35 seems to work well.

The other options should be as you see here:

Click Generate Gcode and wait.

Once it has finished generating the g-code, click on the gcode tab to see it.

We've found better results (less warping) with the heated build platform set at 130° C, so you can change that here.

If the MakerBot is connected and ready, click the print button and it should start heating up to make your object.

That's the basics of it. I'm hoping to record a video of the whole process, I'll link to it here when I do.